Esquire's Scott Stein Believes Microsoft Should Buy Sony Instead Of Yahoo
I didn’t expect to find video game news on the Esquire website, but I did come across one article I simply could not ignore. Scott Stein recently published an article titled ‘Why Microsoft Should Buy Sony Instead’. Stein’s main beliefs are that Microsoft and Sony are in major trouble when it comes to video games and that nobody “needs” games. He believes that with a recession on the way, that games will simply be considered luxuries.
Unfortunately for him, his points really make no sense at all. Microsoft and Sony are doing fine when it comes to game sales. I wouldn’t say that either company is in trouble at this point. I’d also like to point out that while many industries are failing during the beginning of this recession we are falling into, games are on the upswing. He did point out the Wii’s success, but the article came across almost as if he was a Wii fanboy.
His article basically boils down to the fact that he thinks Microsoft and Sony should combine and make one video game console. This idea is certainly not a new one and also certainly not a very smart one. We want competition. Competition is what makes the economy thrive. Monopolies certainly don’t. Perhaps the Esquire writing team needs to stick to topics like fashion from now on. I could probably rant for days about this article, but I think I hit the major points already. They obviously don’t know a lot about gaming. Check out the article at the via link below:
His most compelling reasons for Microsoft to purchase Sony follow:. Of course, some of his points make no sense whatsoever, but I figured I’d post them here anyway.
1. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has the most atrocious hardware in consumer electronics history. It’s so bad, the company had to extend 360 warranties to three years, spending a billion dollars in the process, just to fix systems that keep breaking on a whim. I’ve had four systems break in only three years. They’re becoming known as a lemon-maker with great games. Meanwhile, Sony makes great hardware but…
2. Sony has the worst software interface in the business. Compared to the Wii, Sony’s online friend management and gameplay are an utter mystery, requiring endless navigation of its Byzantine menu structure. Sure, buried inside the PS3 are plenty of amazing “potential technology” features — like the ability to install Linux, or its wireless connectivity with the PSP — but who cares? No one needs these features to play games. Even worse, developers can’t seem to make games for the PS3, while the 360’s development toolkit is a relative stroll in the park.
3. Cost-cutting. The PS3 still costs more to make than it does on store shelves, which has led to $841 million operating loss for Sony’s games division as of the end of October 2007. Until it pulls a profit, it’s an albatross for all of Sony. Microsoft feels like it’s finally gaining ground on Sony, with a library of titles that are superior, and an online interface that is miles better — not to mention a larger installed base of sales in the U.S — but they blew a billion dollars to extend the faulty system’s warranty to three years. Splitting the cost on a next-gen system might be a wise idea.
4. Big in Japan (kinda). Nintendo dominates in Asia, but at least the PS3 sold nearly two million systems… as opposed to the 360, which has yet to break a million units in Asia after three years on the market. Sony can help Microsoft understand that whole “Asia” thing a lot better. The world gaming market is growing to China, Korea, India — places where Sony still has clout.
5. And now, for the biggest reason of all: maybe, with two brains put together, they can help each other learn what “fun” means.